MHS Sophomore Helps Collect 250,000 Diapers by Mother’s Day
Erin Glennon is collecting diapers for HomeFront to help parents who are struggling to pay their bills during the coronavirus crisis. She may help set a World Record in the Process.
By Ishwari Nagnur l April 23, 2021
Montgomery resident Erin Glennon is on a mission: to help families who are struggling to pay their bills during the coronavirus crisis—diapers and wipes are a large monthly expense. She is working with the Lawrenceville-based HomeFront, which kicked off its Diaper Challenge in March.
Collect 250,000 diapers and wipes by Mother’s Day, which would be a world record.
“Even before the pandemic, one in three moms nationwide could not afford enough diapers, which cost an average of $80 per month per child,” according to a statement from HomeFront. “Not having enough diapers is not only a stressor for baby and mom, it is also a real barrier to employment. Most daycare centers require parents to provide diapers, and federal assistance for these expenses is extremely limited.” HomeFront works to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in central New Jersey.
Glennon says she sought to join in on HomeFront’s Diaper Challenge because “the circumstances of the pandemic have really had a large impact on HomeFront’s families.’’ She says she wanted to do her part to help HomeFront provide for their families. Glennon has been an active volunteer for HomeFront and has participated in their drives before. “HomeFront is a hardworking organization, and my goal is to make a noticeable difference and give back,” she said.
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With help from her mother, Therese Glennon, the mother-daughter team have already collected many diaper donations as well as funds to support HomeFront’s Diaper Resource Center. And, they are still eager to collect more. “I’m really excited about the progress we’ve made so far, and I look forward to next steps,” Erin said.
Once the challenge is over, Erin hopes to continue collaborating with HomeFront and supporting its cause. HomeFront’s Diaper Resource Center has played a vital role in providing families access to diapers and wipes. No such other resource center exists.
How to Donate
Erin says she would love for the community to be involved and help her meet the challenge by Mother’s Day, on May 9.
To help support this initiative, you can:
—Donate items to HomeFront’s Donation Center
—Make a cash donation ($25 buys two weeks of diapers)
—Purchase items off HomeFront’s Amazon Wishlist
—Spread the word!
Community members who want to help HomeFront directly to meet its Diaper Challenge can visit www.homefrontnj.org for details.
HomeFront provides emergency shelter with intensive case management and affordable housing for families; tutoring and enrichment programs for children; and life skills and self-advocacy training for adults.
For more information, visit www.homefrontnj.org or call 609.989.9417, ext. 103. Donations can be dropped off to HomeFront at 1880 Princeton Ave, in Lawrenceville, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm or on Saturdays from 9 am to noon.
Or, email Therese and Erin Glennon directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be glad to collect your donations.